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POL2156-Research Questions (4).docx - Research Questions...

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Research Questions, What’s up with that? Types of reasoning Whatever path you follow will determine the type of knowledge you have Deduction o Theory-testing: what would I see if my theory were true? Do I see it? I have an idea of something that would happen if something were to happen, if my theory’s true that would be what I would expect to see, go out and look for real world examples Classic hypothesis method for scientific researching Induction o Theory-building: what do I see in the world? What theory most accurately explains it? Look for a theory that already exists in the world and then compare them to the actual situation The inverse of deduction Abduction o Theory-innovation: how can I use all everything I know about the phenomenon and its context in order to develop an explanation for it? Know everything in this context, and explain why there is a theory that explains this. New relationships, new terms, more generative function to production, loses generalizability—can be difficult to create. Can use induction and
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